New PDF release: A Gardner's Workout: Training the Mind and Entertaining the

By Martin Gardner

Listed below are forty-one items, which have been formerly released in a variety of educational journals and well known magazines, by way of the esteemed grasp of mathematical video games and puzzles who wrote the medical American video games column for 25 years. those articles span quite a lot of subject matters, together with dialogue of why a working laptop or computer will constantly beat a human participant at video games of probability, tiling puzzles, computing device and calculator "magic" tips, and a arguable serious evaluate of a educating fad often called the "new new Math."

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